Frank Feighan

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Dr Joe Barry, chair of the North Inner City Drugs and Alcohol Task Force, says  “There’s a crisis of drugs in the north inner city. Instead of arguing about this, we should be getting on with our work.”

The chair of a Dublin drugs task force, in one of the most drugs-ravaged parts of the State, has described the Department of Health’s move to suspend (...)

The introduction of minimum unit pricing (MUP) has met with fierce resistance from the drinks industry, retailers and some TDs. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government’s decision to implement minimum pricing for alcohol is welcome but long overdue. The fact that the measure will not be brought into for(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the policy will reduce illness, improve quality of life and ease pressure on the health service. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The stark impact of harm caused by drink was outlined by a hospital consultant who explained why she and her colleagues support the introduction of mi(...)

Minimum pricing for alcohol will be brought in from January 2022 under proposals signed off on by Cabinet on Tuesday. File Photograph: PA.

Minimum pricing for alcohol will be brought in from January 2022 under plans signed off on by Cabinet on Tuesday. The Government decided to press ahe(...)

In 2002, 61 per cent of young people aged 15-17 who had ever smoked reported having their first cigarette at age 13 or younger, compared to 32.1 per cent in 2018.

Rates of smoking, alcohol and cannabis use among school-aged children have significantly decreased since 1998, while the number of children who report(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced a strategy aimed at tackling and preventing obesity. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced a “cohesive approach” aimed at tackling and preventing obesity in Ireland. The new strategy – a p(...)

Minister of State for Drugs Policy Frank Feighan has withdrawn remarks he made.

Minister of State for Drugs Policy Frank Feighan is seeking a report from his department on the use of nitrous oxide – or laughing gas – following the(...)

Former minister for education Joe McHugh has turned down the offer of a junior ministry. Photograph: Leon Farrell/PA Wire

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have sought to rectify the regional imbalance of their ministerial appointments with a series of new junior m(...)

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal shooting of a detective in Castlerea on Thursday. Photograph: Michael McCormack

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to Det Garda Colm Horkan, who was shot dead in Castlerea, Co Roscommon on Wednesday night. Det Garda Hor(...)

Flooding in Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph: Brian Farrell/The Irish Times

“I have my wellies in the boot,” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar remarked helpfully as he gazed into the flood waters lapping close to the doors of Carrick-on-(...)

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